Gadget Lust: Optoma Pico PK101 Pocket Projector

Last Updated Dec 3, 2008 12:00 PM EST

Joining the Lilliputian ranks of the 3M MPro110 and Dell M109S, the Optoma Pico PK101 is a pint-size projector that weighs all of four ounces. Finally, a projector you can actually carry in your pocket.

Alas, unlike the 3M and Dell models, the PK101 isn't really designed for business use. That's because it lacks a VGA input option for connecting to a laptop. Instead, it comes with two adapter cables: one for connecting an iPod, the other for a composite video source (like a DVD player).

Thus, you could use this for watching a movie in your hotel room, but not for presentations (unless they're stored on your iPod). That's too bad, as clients would undoubtedly get a kick out of such a whiz-bang gadget.

PC Magazine has the full scoop on the Optoma Pico PK101, which they rated quite highly despite its business limitations. And, let's face it, even without the VGA input, this thing is way, way cool. At $399, it's not insanely expensive, either. What do you think? Worth adding to your arsenal of tech toys? Photo by PC Magazine.

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